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Before choosing courseMF2047 Internal Combustion Engines 1 6.0 creditsAdministrate About course

Orientation about modern combustion engines including historical background and competing technology. Environmental as well as energy questions are treated. Future scenarios are discussed.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus MF2047 (Autumn 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Ever since the start of the industrial revolution, the combustion engine has been central in our daily lives. While the combustion engine contributes to social development in production, construction, mobility and transport, its usage also leads to various emissions. Emissions of locally harmful substances, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons and particles, are regulated by law. Regulations on greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane gas, also exist for certain applications and is under way for others.

The combustion engine technology is an interdisciplinary subject. Almost all technical disciplines are used to develop components that are subsequently integrated in a system  - the power train of the vehicle.

The research focuses on decrease of the emissions of harmful substances and on increased energy efficiency, as well as sustainability in society. It means that the introduction of renewable fuels has a central role.

The course in Internal Combustion Engines intends to give a good basis for the use and implementation of engines in vehicles and transport systems and how the engine and its fuels interact with their surroundings, i.e. the vehicle, the operator and the environment. It is offered a general introduction to the properties of the combustion engine. Knowledge is communicated on the thermodynamics and combustion of engines. The combustion requires knowledge of exhaust emissions from diesel and Otto engines and how these are reduced.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the following:
    - Crank motion, mass-balance and its dynamics
    - Engine systems
    - Working principles for two-stroke and four-stroke engines
    - Basic thermodynamic cycles for combustion engines
    - Stoichiometry for combustion in engines
    - Combustion in Otto and Diesel engines
    - Emissions formation, regulation and exhaust treatment
    - Gas exchange in combustion engines
    - Production and use of fuels in engines
  • Solve problems connected to the thermodynamics, stoichiometry and mass forces of the engine.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science in technology, the subject area mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Combustion Engines, Bengt Johansson

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web MF2047

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MF2066 Combustion Engines, advanced course


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